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Published on January 19, 2018
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to technology, but one thing we can all agree on is the importance of security. No matter the industry, it is always a top concern. Since introduced in 2004, Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) has been the primary security offered by the Wi-Fi Alliance. However, since its adoption 14 years ago, technology has evolved while WPA2 has more or less stayed the same. Cyber attacks have become more sophisticated, attackers have access to greater computing power, and new attack methods are being developed. The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) has brought forth an ever-growing number of devices equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, and all are vulnerable to these attacks. Vulnerabilities, such as the recent KRACK bug, have reinforced the call for better security. Last week, the Wi-Fi Alliance released the long-awaited update to WPA2. WPA3 is the latest level of security that provides configuration, authentication, and encryption enhancements to Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices.
WPA3 is a much-needed security update that addresses many of the concerns and known weaknesses of WPA2. In addition to improving security, WPA3 is much more user-friendly by simplifying the configuration of complex security protocols. This makes complex security more accessible to broader markets and device types, which benefits everyone using Wi-Fi.
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